Frequently asked questions
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Frequently asked questions

Will climate change bring new diseases to Denmark?


Answer: Yes, warmer weather in Denmark could mean that disease-bearing insects, animals and plants will have better growing conditions. For example, ticks infected by Lyme disease (Borreliosis), mosquitoes infected by malaria or rats infected by Weil's disease (Leptospirosis). These parasites can lead cause serious disease in humans.

Will a more humid climate cause indoor climate problems?


Answer: Yes, increased humidity leads to increased risk of mould and rot indoors, which can cause health problems in humans in the form of mucous membrane irritation, coughing, fatigue and in some cases allergies.

Will lightening strike more often in future?


Answer: Climate change is synonymous with more extreme weather events, including lightning and thunder. Denmark has seen one death every two years from lightning over the past ten years. Since the consequences of being hit by lightning can be very high blood pressure, high pulse and atrial fibrillation, the injured person should be seen to by a doctor as soon as possible.

The safest place during a thunder storm is in a car, because if the lightening hits it will go via the coachwork to the ground. Avoid staying in open terrain near isolated trees, electricity pylons and other tall objects, and avoid contact with metal objects such as golf clubs. If you cannot get to a house or car in time, you should crouch down somewhere where the terrain is low or lie down flat on the ground.
If lightning strikes a house, it will often follow the electrics and metal objects in the house, such as water pipes. You should therefore avoid contact with these and you should also avoid using the fixed-line network or switching on any electric appliances. Damage to electric appliances can be avoided if you unplug them.

Will climate change lead to more allergies and asthma?


Answer: Yes, warmer weather can prolong the pollen season and promote the growth of allergenic plants. This means that more people may develop allergies and asthma, and that those already suffering from pollen allergies will be more affected and may develop allergies to more types of pollen.